Why does Ralph weep for Piggy in the last chapter of Lord of the Flies, but not for Simon ?
If Ralph is more distraught by Piggy's death than by Simon's, it is because Piggy was his first real friend on the island. Perhaps more importantly, it is alluded to that Simon's death was an accident while Piggy's death clearly was not. They boys mistake Simon for the beast and kill him. When Roger kills Piggy, it is not an accident. Piggy's death signals the end of order and civilized society. So, for Ralph, Piggy's death is a bit harder to take because he felt a closer kinship with Piggy, Piggy's death was more unjustifiable and because Piggy's death symbolized the end of innocence.
However, at the end of the novel,...
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